Fundamental to communicating and not litigating is making sure that board members and associations are properly educated and informed. To that end, we have developed substantial tools and resources for our condominium and homeowner association clients:
Phone Calls - The board members of our community associations are not charged for telephone calls. Our client board members and their manager or management company may telephone us at no charge for discussions up to fifteen minutes in length. This aspect has been tremendously helpful to boards and professional property managers in preventing legal problems before they occur.
Guides for Community Association Board members – Often when elected to the board, new members often find there is no handbook on how to run and operate the association. To remedy this, we provide the board members of all our association clients with two guidebooks written by Kaman & Cusimano:
|Operations Guide for Board Members of Community Associations – a 92 page booklet that provides in-depth but easy to follow guidance on topics such as board member liability, insurance, meeting requirements and minutes, rule adoption and enforcement, records retention, contracting recommendations, and board safety.||Financial Guide for Board Members of Community Associations – a 54 page booklet that provides detailed information on a number of topics, including financial safeguards for your association’s money, budget requirements, and reserve obligations.|
Kaman Reports - Our firm regularly writes newsletters, entitled The Kaman Report, for our clients that address important and timely issues facing Ohio’s condominium and homeowner associations. As most of our attorneys currently live or have lived in a condominium or homeowner association and have served on their board, we utilize first-hand experience to develop articles and helpful information for our clients.
Seminars - Our community association board member clients are also invited to bi-annual educational seminars, all of which are presented in many convenient locations throughout Ohio. These seminars are a tremendous resource for board members and property managers to learnabout important and timely topics, as well as to share information and collaborate with other communities. A few recent topics covered include:
- Annual Elections – Procedures, Quorum, Proxies, and Avoiding Problems
- The ABC’s of Rule Enforcement
- Managers and Management Companies - What They Do and Do Not
- Governing Document Amendments
- Federal Laws That Impact Community Associations Insurance – Protect Yourself and Your Association
- Success Basics for Board Members
ATLAS - Kaman & Cusimano has developed an extensive online educational resource for Board members: the Association Total Legal Assistance System. In addition to providing up to the second case status information, this interactive website provides board members with an extensive archive or newsletters, articles, forms, handbooks, and educational opportunities. Further, ATLAS contains the popular "Success Basics for Board Members" webinar that provides all board members with the introductory basics necessary to help achieve success as a board member.